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U.S. Aid Agency Is Preparing To Lay Off Most Local Staff For Palestinian Projects

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:01

Under Trump administration orders, the U.S. Agency for International Development is readying to lay off most staff on Palestinian projects, according to U.S. government communications reviewed by NPR.

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Gene Therapy Advances To Better Treat 'Bubble Boy' Disease

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:12

The latest advance is not only encouraging news for patients with severe compromised immunodeficiency. It's a test case for all those scientists working to develop better gene therapy techniques.

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The Writers Guild Of America Is Suing Hollywood's Biggest Talent Agencies

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:03

At issue is "packaging fees" – deals that allow agents to be paid by studios, rather than receiving a standard 10 percent of writers' income. The writers say such deals create conflicts of interest.

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AG Barr Orders Immigration Judges To Stop Releasing Asylum Seekers Out On Bail

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:35

The ruling by the Attorney General is the latest step by the Trump administration designed to discourage asylum-seekers from coming to the U.S.

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Despite Pressure From Trump, House Democrats See No Urgency To Pass A Border Bill

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:47

President Trump has called on Congress to return early from its recess to pass a bill addressing the surge in illegal border crossings. But Democrats say Trump's demands are a non-starter.

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Protests Calling For Climate Action Disrupt London For Third Day

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:42

Activists occupied four of London's landmarks and thoroughfares, and on Wednesday targeted the city's rail service. The organizers want a zero-carbon Britain by 2025.

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North Of London, Brexit Supporters Gather To 'Feel Proud And Unashamed'

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:27

The Leavers of Lincolnshire group aims to provide a safe space "so you could come together and be proud to be a Brexiteer," says a member. "To not be called an idiot, to not be called a racist."

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Madonna's New Single, 'Medellin,' Is A Self-Aware Nostalgia Trip

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:41

The track, recorded with Colombian singer Maluma, channels "Despacito," with a nod toward Madonna's 1986 song "La Isla Bonita."

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Here Are Some Of Your Favorite Memories Of Notre Dame

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:37

We asked our audience to share thoughts after fire devastated the beloved Paris cathedral on Monday. We received hundreds of responses — photos, memories, even watercolor sketches. Here are a few.

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Tiger Woods Biographer Says Golfer's Masters Comeback 'Transcends Sports'

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:27

Woods' recent Masters title follows a 10-year drought of major tournament victories. Jeff Benedict, co-author of Tiger Woods, says: "What we're seeing now is someone who loves what he's doing."

Indonesia's President Poised To Secure Another Term

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:12

The Muslim-majority country's rising religious conservatism played a major role in this race. President Joko Widodo named a cleric with some hard-line views as his running mate.

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Why Elephants Pose A Threat To Rohingya Refugees

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:09

One of the refugee camps in Bangladesh has had to set up what the U.N. calls a "tusk force" to respond when elephants enter.

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Scientists Restore Some Function In The Brains Of Dead Pigs

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:01

The cells regained a startling amount of function, but the brains didn't have activity linked with consciousness. Ethicists see challenges to assumptions about the irreversible nature of brain death.

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Gefilte Fish From Canned Tuna: Heresy Or ... Kinda Tasty?

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:54

The traditional Passover dish can be made from fresh fish or frozen fillets. It's sold at gourmet shops and in jars at the supermarket. Turns out there's one more twist .... tuna fish gefilte fish!

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Nearly 60 Docs, Other Medical Workers Face Charges In Federal Opioid Sting

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:01

The Department of Justice said defendants allegedly pushed millions of pills' worth of unneeded opioids, contributing to a drug crisis and potentially defrauding the health care system.

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Climate Change Was The Engine That Powered Hurricane Maria's Devastating Rains

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:41

Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico. Scientists say a storm of such severity is nearly five times more likely to occur today, with warmer air and ocean water, than in the '50s.

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'The Problem Of Democracy' Looks At Personality's Role In U.S. Leadership

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:09

A new book focuses on how the Adams father-son duo spent years abroad making a case for our young country — yet both saw themselves rejected in favor of more charismatic and populist rivals.

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Beyoncé Surprise Drops Live Coachella Album, Netflix Doc Now Streaming

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:38

The recording of her historic 2018 performance, titled Homecoming: Live Album, includes new songs and arrives just as a documentary of the concert begins streaming on Netflix.

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Denver Area Schools Closed As Authorities Search For 'Armed And Dangerous' Woman

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 07:09

Schools in the Denver area are closed Wednesday after the FBI and local law enforcement warned of an "armed and dangerous" 18-year-old white woman who has an "infatuation" with the Columbine shooting.

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Archdiocese Of Los Angeles Agrees To $8 Million Settlement In Sex Abuse Case

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 06:58

The settlement goes to a teenager who was sexually abused and then kidnapped by a teacher at her Catholic high school. The archdiocese apologized for the 'serious harm' was done to the victim.

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